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Facts about the Fehmarnbelt region

The Fehmarnbelt region spans many differences. Not only does the region encompass three different European countries, it also comprises many regions, each one with its own hallmark.

Hamburg and Copenhagen are major cities with all that this implies. Lolland and Fehmarn are relatively sparsely populated areas. With the Fehmarnbelt tunnel, however, they will be brought even closer together. 

A region growing together

Geographically the Fehmarnbelt region extends from Hamburg across Schleswig-Holstein and the western part of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, the Danish islands of Lolland, Falster and Zealand to Skåne in southern Sweden. 

Two straits have historically separated the region, the Øresund between Copenhagen and Malmö, and the Fehmarnbelt between Fehmarn and Lolland. The Øresund Bridge has linked Denmark and Sweden since 2000. The Fehmarnbelt tunnel will bring the region together and provide new opportunities for consolidating its respective strengths. Work is already underway in a large number of cross-border organisations, including the Fehmarnbelt Committee, Fehmarnbelt Development, Fehmarnbelt Business Council (FBBC), STRING and the Baltic Development Forum.

Cross-border projects

  • The tourist organisations, Ostsee-Holstein-Tourismus and Østdansk Turisme, wish to position themselves as a joint "Destination Fehmarnbelt" in order to attract more visitors to the region;
  • The job centres in Lübeck and on Lolland will expand their catchment area across the Fehmarnbelt;
  • The Chamber of Skilled Crafts in Lübeck and the Danish Centre for Vocational Education Lolland Falster (CELF) are setting up exchange programmes for students;
  • The BeltScience project is based on the universities of Lübeck and Roskilde establishing a cross-border educational programme;
  • In the health area, the university hospital in Lübeck and the hospital in Næstved are researching into alternative cancer treatments. 

THE FEHMARNBELT TUNNEL OFFERS GREAT POTENTIAL FOR BRINGING THE RESPECTIVE STRENGTHS OF THE FEHMARNBELT REGION EVEN CLOSER TOGETHER.